In September, Young’s Mobile Home Park in Chesterfield, Virginia, closed. The human residents found new places to live, but many of them left their cats behind.
Christina Welch, a nearby resident, tried to help. But she soon found that there were more cats in the 65-lot trailer park than she could afford to feed.
“They looked so pitiful and they were so hungry, I was carrying food and they were following me around; it was really devastating,” said Welch.
Instead of giving up, though, Welch reached out for help. She contacted Richmond HERO, a local animal rescue organization, and Sheila Morgan took action. She trapped 12 cats in one afternoon.
“This is the last thing I needed to take on right now,” Morgan said. “I’m just overwhelmed with so many calls, but I just couldn’t walk out and leave them.”
The Richmond SPCA spayed or neutered eight of the kittens, three were taken in by the Chesterfield County Humane Society, and one, the skinniest and sickliest of the bunch, has already found a forever home with Welch.
“The sad part that really breaks my heart — the cats were more or less staying at the trailers where they once lived, not knowing what was going on,” said Morgan.
Richmond HERO is now fostering eight of the 12 cats rescued, and they hope to adopt them out soon. Their biggest fear is for the cats that are still living at the trailer park. They say domestic cats can turn feral and multiply quickly.